By Eduardo J. Echeverria,Janet E. Smith

probably the most major contributions of Pope John Paul II to the church, and arguably to the tradition, used to be his improvement of a theology of the physique. This theology explores the wealthy which means and vocation of human embodiment, of the body-person, in gentle of the basic truths of production, fall into sin, and redemption in Jesus Christ. during this e-book, Eduardo J. Echeverria inquires into the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of the Pope's theology of the physique. In a wide-ranging dialogue of a Catholic theology of revelation, biblical hermeneutics, and a biblical point of view at the Christ-centered dynamics of the ethical existence, Echeverria basically establishes the basic ideas wanted for an entire knowing of John Paul II's notion. He probes the philosophical foundations of the Pope's idea within the context of a Catholic theology of nature, sin, and style.

The ebook concludes with an research of the normative implications of the Pope's theology for sexual ethics and gives a singular and provocative program of the theology of the physique to the morality of homosexuality. Echeverria's research of John Paul II's theology of the physique is helping us to make experience of ways the pope's theology deepens our figuring out of the Catholic instructing that "the human physique stocks within the dignity of the 'image of God'" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 364).

"This publication is a beautiful success. The author's refined biblical, philosophical, and theological clarification of the Theology of the physique makes occur that gay job fails to foster the genuine flourishing of people and groups. as though this weren't contribution adequate, Echeverria has given us the 1st research of the Theology of the physique that takes evangelical Reformed theology as its dialog associate. delivering a unprecedented chance for Catholic-Evangelical discussion, this publication easily couldn't have come at a greater time."
--Matthew Levering
Professor of Theology, college of Dayton
Co-Director, middle for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

"Echeverria presents 3 very beneficial companies to the starting to be scholarship on John Paul II's Theology of the physique: within the spirit of John Paul II's subtle philosophical and theological education, he identifies and justifies a few of the philosophical and theological underpinnings of John Paul II's idea; within the spirit of actual ecumenism, he engages the Dutch Reformed culture; and within the spirit of John Paul II's scripturally established arguments for the Church's instructing on sexual matters, he applies the Theology of the physique to the problem of homosexuality. Echeverria's e-book will reduction students as they method John Paul II's dense and remarkable work."
--Michael Maria Waldstein
Max Seckler Professor of Theology
Ave Maria college, Florida

"Echeverria's penetrating learn presents the correct theological and philosophical foundations that the 'theology of the physique' calls for, with erudite discussions of the epistemic authority of Scripture and culture, the character of doctrinal statements and a suitable biblical hermeneutics. the writer boldly tackles the vexing concerns surrounding homosexuality whereas delivering a compelling and completely ecumenical exploration into the questions raised via human sexuality typically. a unprecedented and convincing achievement."
--Thomas G. Guarino
Seton corridor University

Eduardo J. Echeverria is Professor of Philosophy within the Graduate tuition of Theology at Sacred center significant Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. he's the writer of discussion of affection: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic Ecumenist (2010).

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By David Guretzki

Despite the burgeoning literature on Karl Barth, his doctrine of the Holy Spirit is still under-appreciated by means of his acquaintances and critics alike. but, whereas Barth's dedication to the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the daddy and the Son (Filioque) is famous, many students brush off his stand as ecumenically untenable and few have stricken to topic his stance at the Filioque to shut theological research. For these drawn to this long-standing ecumenical aspect of rivalry among jap and Western trinitarian theology, this publication will exhibit how Barth's doctrine of the Filioque should have whatever to give a contribution to the talk. The paintings strains the starting place of Barth's dedication to the Filioque in his early occupation (particularly in Romans and the Göttingen Dogmatics), after which analyzes how the doctrine features during the Church Dogmatics. Guretzki concludes that Barth's doctrine of the Filioque, whereas essentially status in the Western trinitarian culture, is peculiar in that he refuses to talk of a "double-procession" in favour of a "common procession" of the Spirit—a place that has extra affinity with the jap place than a lot of Barth's critics can have thought

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By Michael Argyle,Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

simply because society is more and more secular, it may possibly look inappropriate to contemplate the psychology of faith. however the range of our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society in truth makes faith extra very important to the social sciences than it has ever been sooner than. What are the social outcomes of faith? each day the inside track is filled with occasions that may be blamed on faith perpetrated by means of more than a few teams from entire societies to members.
Beit-Hallami and Argyle are well known for his or her transparent, analytical method of themes and this new, state of the art examine of psychology and faith is not any exception. it is going to be welcomed as an replace to their earlier paintings within the region by way of social psychologists, sociologists and theologians worldwide.

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By Ronald H. Stone

Between Rivers chronicles the lifetime of famous student of faith, politics, and philosophy, Ronald H. Stone. From his formative years among the East and West banks of the Des Moines River via graduate paintings in long island among the Hudson and the East Rivers via his scholarly profession and retirement in Pittsburgh, among the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the e-book highlights Stone’s specialise in Christian social ethics and his prolific writing within the zone. The ebook comprises certain insights into the various well known students Stone labored with heavily, together with Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, and it discusses Stone’s scholarship at the dating among faith and politics.

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By Giles E.M. Gasper

Anselm of Canterbury is among the most renowned of medieval Christian thinkers, who left a substantial political and highbrow inheritance of his personal. This ebook finds that the theological and highbrow inheritance to be had to Anselm was once extra dynamic, broader and deeper than is ordinarily notion and Anselm was once prompted via greater than simply the works of St Augustine. Giles Gasper focuses really at the half performed through the translated works of the Greek Fathers. Demonstrating how commonly the writings of the Fathers of the Church have been on hand in western libraries, Gasper is going directly to examine key facets of doctrine in Anselm's proposal with that of the outstanding Greek Fathers. wondering the way Anselm and different authors were defined, this booklet strikes clear of good worn routes of interpretation and offers new views in this most important determine within the background of the church, the center a while, and western thought.

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By Kathryn Gin Lum

one of the urgent issues of usa citizens within the first century of nationhood have been daily survival, political concord, exploration of the continent, international coverage, and--fixed deeply within the collective consciousness--hell and everlasting damnation. the phobia of fireplace and brimstone and the trojan horse that by no means dies exerted a profound and lasting impression on american citizens' rules approximately themselves, their associates, and the remainder of the world.

Kathryn Gin Lum poses a few important questions: Why did the phobia of hell live to tell the tale Enlightenment opinions in the United States, after principally subsiding in Europe and somewhere else? What have been the implications for early and antebellum americans of residing with the phobia of seeing themselves and lots of humans they knew endlessly damned? How did they reside below the weighty legal responsibility to save lots of as many souls as attainable? What approximately those that rejected this feeling of legal responsibility and worry? Gin Lum indicates that underneath early american citizens' vaunted millennial optimism lurked a pervasive anxiousness: that instead of being favorite by means of God, they and their state will be the thing of divine wrath. As frequent social hierarchies crumbled prior to revival hearth, financial unease, and political chaos, "saved" and "damned" turned as an important differences as race, category, and gender. the specter of damnation grew to become an impetus for or deterrent from every kind of behaviors, from examining novels to possessing slaves.

Gin Lum tracks the assumption of hell from the Revolution to Reconstruction. She considers the information of theological leaders like Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney, in addition to these of normal men and women. She discusses the perspectives of local american citizens, americans of ecu and African descent, citizens of Northern insane asylums and Southern plantations, New England's clergy and missionaries out of the country, or even proponents of Swedenborgianism and annihilationism. Damned kingdom offers a charming account of an concept that performed a transformative position in America's highbrow and cultural history.

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By Richard W. Wills

students universally recognize the function that Christian trust performed within the social stream engendered via Martin Luther King Jr. but few have really delved into the complexity of King's theology itself. The centrality of 1 element of his theology specifically - imago Dei, the assumption that people are made in God's picture - has been unusually overlooked.

In this publication, Richard W. Wills Sr. deals a entire research of King's charm for civil rights via investigating his realizing of imago Dei. Wills starts off via tracing the evolution of this concept during the heritage of Christian suggestion, displaying the highbrow assets King drew on in developing his personal ideals. Wills then demonstrates how King hired this concept in his civil rights paintings. the idea that we're all made in God's photo was once the most important, Wills indicates, to King's knowing of human nature and equality. whereas King shared with lots of his black church forebears the view that humanity's construction through God was once a strong argument for the equality of every person, he additionally took the idea that a lot additional. For King, being made in God's photograph intended that humans haven't in basic terms the ideal but in addition the facility to reshape society and to construct a "beloved group" in the world. even though explicitly grounded in Christian religion, the doctrine of imago Dei supplied King with a theological reason that was once in a position to addressing the wishes of the group well past the partitions of churches.

Wills's thorough reconsideration King's inspiration makes the case for his significance as a theologian. It convincingly demonstrates that the concept that of imago Dei shaped the guts of his theology and, in flip, that his theology used to be crucial to the unfolding of the civil rights movement.

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By Edith M. Humphrey

Foreword by means of Eugene H. Peterson

Countering the known "spirituality" so renowned at the present time, Edith Humphrey offers an real Christian spirituality that pulls on Scripture and the profound riches of the Christian culture -- Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Humphrey indicates how Christian spirituality is rooted within the Trinity, within the ecstasy ("going out" of oneself) and intimacy (profound closeness with one other) marking the kinfolk among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The ebook embodies a ceremonial dinner of excerpts from the best non secular writers in background -- such luminaries as St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Ávila, the Wesley brothers, Thomas Merton, and Alexander Schmemann. Humphrey's dependent prose, laced with tales and photographs from her personal existence, superbly uncovers the ways that God's trinitarian existence informs all human communion. every one bankruptcy ends with questions for extra mirrored image and discussion.

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By Terry Aycock

The intersection of Christian theology/living with one of many maximum pop albums of all time, the seashore Boys "Pet Sounds", presents a glance into the truth and fact of the Christian religion. Taking the titles of every track at the album, every one bankruptcy offers with both one point of theology in simply understood phrases or a side of facing dwelling as a Christian in those occasions and during this culture.

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By Wayne G. Boulton,Thomas D. Kennedy,Allen Verhey

This is a unmarried quantity that successfully introduces scholars to the entire breadth of the self-discipline of Christian ethics. This reader captures the diversity of well timed matters relating to ethics yet now not on the fee of essays that express the theoretical foundations of the sector. half One examines the resources of Christian Ethics―Scripture, culture, philosophy, and technological know-how. The norms, kinds, and contexts of Christian ethical theories are reviewed partially . the ultimate part discusses modern questions on human sexuality, clinical perform, using strength, fiscal justice, ecological accountability, and extra. suitable biblical readings and a chain of case reports intensify the text.

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